Kenneth M. Langa

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Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

Department of Internal Medicine and Institute for Social Research
2800 Plymouth Road, Bldg 16, Room 430W
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Phone: 734.647.8160
Fax: 734.936.8944


Ph.D., Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
M.D., Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Research and Projects

Dr. Langa is a general internist and health services researcher. His current research focuses on identifying the risk factors and outcomes for chronic disease among older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. He is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and an Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan Medical School and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Selected Recent Publications

Langa KM and Levine D. The diagnosis and management of mild cognitive impairment: A clinical review. JAMA. 2014; 312(23): 2551-2561 [2014]

Weir D, Lay M, Langa KM. Economic development and gender inequality in cognition: a comparison of China and India, and SAGE with HRS studies. Journal of the Economics of Ageing. 2014; 4: 114-125 [2014]

Hurd M, Martorell F, Delevande A, Mullen K, Langa KM. The monetary costs of dementia in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 368(14): 1326-1334 [2013]

Larson E, Yaffe K, Langa KM. New insights into the dementia epidemic. New England Journal of Medicine, 369(24): 2275-2277 [2013]

Nicholas L, Langa KM, Iwashyna T, Weir D. Regional variation in the association between advance directives and end-of-life Medicare expenditures. JAMA, 306(13): 1447-1453 [2011]

Silveira M, Kim S, Langa KM. Advance directives and outcomes of surrogate decision-making before death. New England Journal of Medicine. 362(13): 1211-1218 [2010]

Rogers M and Langa KM. Untreated poor vision: a contributing factor to late-life dementia. American Journal of Epidemiology. 171(6): 728-735 [2010]

Iwashyna T, Ely EW, Smith D, Langa KM. Long-term cognitive impairment and functional disability among survivors of severe sepsis. JAMA, 304(16): 1787-1794 [2010]

Langa KM, Llewellyn D, Lang I, Weir D, Wallace R, et al. Cognitive health among older adults in the United States and in England. BMC Geriatrics. 9: 23 [2009]

Llewellyn D, Lang I, Langa KM, Matthews F. Exposure to second-hand smoke and cognitive impairment in non-smokers. BMJ. 338(122): b462 [2009]

Langa KM, Plassman B, Wallace R, Herzog AR, Heeringa S, et al.. The Aging, Demographics and Memory Study: study design and method. Neuroepidemiology. 25(4): 181-191 [2005]

Langa KM, Foster N, Larson EB. Mixed dementia: emerging concepts and therapeutic implications. JAMA. 292(23): 2901-2908 [2004]